While many of us have been brought up to believe that prayer involves pleading to God to help, save, fix problems and bring us things these days, that is incorrect prayer nor its purpose. Prayer in A Course in Miracles (ACIM) is very different and very beautiful. More than a song, it’s joyous exchange of Love and thanks between God and His Creations that employs the forgiveness process to fix your brain before the Prayer Song is all that remains. It’s the ticket home so understanding true prayer, and forgiveness, is worth the amount of time in retraining the mind.
Prayer is exchanging (sharing) a Song of Love and Creation or judgments of the ego based on everything you look for (agree with) in the mind. There’s no other way. In the Course, your brain (content) is split between God and the ego; and you are choosing all the time with a side as cause for effect.
Forms (all things with this world) are miscreations reflecting the ego’s judgmental thought system. We’ve managed to get up (miscreated this world) and may give it up anytime by correcting your brain (forgiveness). True prayer requires this correction of your brain as God has nothing related to forms.
What Prayer is Not:
As you are usually deciding, everything you look for when you pray is what counts. Whenever you plead in prayer to own God fix a form problem with another form problem, you are asking the ego mind for help (not God). Those forms and needs are deemed more important than God’s Love that will remain hidden to their education you decide on the illusion.
All external things (forms) are needs. Other labels are wants, desires, status, problems, sickness, human love (special relationships), gifts and goals these days, etc. They are everything you choose as substitutes for God’s Love and the ego will distort the goal of prayer by using them to help expand the illusion. Therefore, prayer can not be about “forms” or “needs” in any way.
The Purpose of Prayer:
The Song of Prayer is defined by the Course as a Song of Creation, Love and gratitude being sung from the Father to the Son and returned from the Son to the Father. God gave this gift of Want to His Son at Creation to ensure that it is a single voice shared by both the Creator and Created a course in miracles lessons. Continuously sharing Love and Creation back and forth extends them forever in eternity. That is prayer’s purpose.
Within this form world of illusion, this prayer remains a gift from God offered through the Holy Spirit, the memory of God in the mind. It’s the way you reach God in the illusion. Anyone who has ever remembered the littlest instant with this all-inclusive joy must begin questioning what he’s choosing (praying for) and how to change his mind so they can have that the time.
True Prayer and Forgiveness:
True prayer is: (1) asking to receive what is already there, The Song; and, (2) along the way, using forgiveness (correction of the mind) to quit the ego forms or what is certainly not there. Joining with Love in true prayer is requesting nothing (i.e., no illusion, forms or needs) so you wind up receiving everything (Love). One problem. One solution.
Forgiveness (correction of the mind) is an integral part of true prayer and makes the process go quicker. Prayer is timeless and continues on forever, and forgiveness may be the illusory ladder with time that returns your brain to the endless exchange. Forgiveness disappears once the mind is totally corrected and remembers only The Song.
The big secret of true prayer and forgiveness would be to pay attention to disregarding and giving up the items you believe you want and need in the illusion, even the specifics, as this asks for your brain to be returned to Truth (Love). You are not furthering the illusion. You are agreeing with God that (a) you are a mind; (b) this form world isn’t real; (c) you made an error; and, (d) you are able to choose again.
Using correction of your brain (forgiveness) places those forms and needs on God’s altar, or in his hands, as idols which are simply anything you have chosen to be much more important than God’s Love. No more wanting anything before His Love, the only effect God could return is the remembrance of Him. The more you stop trying, the more meaningless the world becomes and the faster you sing His Song.
Prayer in the Illusion:
Since your brain still resides with God, the Course says you don’t have to choose alone and should ask the Holy Spirit for help deciding and watch for the answer. Otherwise, you’ve already decided with the ego. If you must come to a decision on the spot, you’ll get the right “need” answer right then.
A solution can be an echo of God’s Voice from the Song of Prayer. You’re not requesting the echo itself. You are choosing the gift of Love from The Song by giving up all form needs. “Need” answers in the illusion are contained within that echo even throughout the correction of your brain process. They are met at the amount of the forgiveness ladder you are able to understand and accept.